Hong Kong tycoon, Li Ka-shing, has gifted some of his loyal staff and close business friends a bottle of 1965 Macallan whisky.
After the legendary Hong Kong business magnate stepped down from his almost-70-year-long reign over Cheung Kong Hutchison Holdings and Cheung Kong Asset Holdings in 2018, Li Ka-shing stayed on as a senior advisor and has been actively running his charity foundation.
According to Headline Daily Hong Kong, Li recently gifted his loyal staff and business partners, who have worked closely with him for long time, a bottle of whisky as a token of his appreciation.
The whisky was bottled especially, in the name of his charity foundation, the Li Ka Shing Foundation. The gift set is completed with a little booklet and wooden presentation case. The booklet is said to contain a number of Li’s observations, on everything from interpersonal relationships, careers, and life. The bottle of whisky is estimated to be worth US$100,000 or more.
Not publicly known as a big whisky drinker, Li has invested in lab-made whiskey brand Glyph in recent years. The product claims it can be processed within 24 hours, compared to the many years dedicated to making traditional whisky-making, which involves the barrel aging process. Owned by Endless West, the brand added two new flavors, Spice and Royal, to the Glyph Molecular Spirit Line in October. Like the range’s original release, Glyph Spice and Glyph Royal are crafted “note by note” in less than 24 hours using flavor and aroma molecules extracted from “more efficient sources” in nature.
Next month, Bonhams Hong Kong is set to auction off a 30-year-old cask of Macallan Scotch whisky that is expected to sell for up to HK$4 million ($514,300 USD).
A classic Macallan Lalique 50 Year Old Whisky topped a Hong Kong Bonhams auction in February, selling for HK$1,054,000 (about $136,000 USD), against an estimate of HK$750,000-900,000.